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Lineup announced for Vail Snow Daze

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Rusted Root will perform at Solaris in Vail Village on Dec. 20 as part of the annual Snow Daze festival.

VAIL — Opening day, Nov. 21, is just around the corner at Vail Mountain, and the resort announced Monday the entertainment for its early-season celebration, Vail Snow Daze. This year the resort's annual festival to kick off the winter season will take place over two weekends, Dec. 12-14 and 19-21, and the lineup will include free concerts from Lukas Nelson and The Wallflowers on Dec. 13 and 10,000 Maniacs and Rusted Root on Dec. 20.

"We're thrilled to announce the entertainment lineup for Vail Snow Daze and get our guests as eager about the start of the 2014-15 winter season as we are," said Davy Ratchford, director of marketing at Vail Mountain. "Early season is such a great time to visit the resort. There is a palpable energy in the air when guests return to Vail and get back on the snow for the first time, and what better way to celebrate the kick off of winter than with free concerts at Vail Snow Daze."

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On Dec. 13, Lukas Nelson and The Wallflowers will perform at Solaris in the heart of Vail Village. Lukas Nelson, American rocker and son of Willie Nelson, and his band P.O.T.R. (Promise of the Real) will get the show started. Nelson and his band have played with the likes of Neil Young, John Fogerty, Bob Weir, B.B. King and Bob Dylan.

The Wallflowers will close out the first evening of free concerts at Vail Snow Daze. Fronted by co-founder Jakob Dylan, the Los Angeles-based alternative rock band is now in its 25th year. During the course of its career, The Wallflowers have released six studio albums including hits such as "One Headlight" and "6th Avenue Heartache," sold more than 7 million records worldwide and have taken home several Grammys.

The following weekend, on Dec. 20, Snow Daze features live performances from 10,000 Maniacs followed by the eclectic musical powerhouse Rusted Root.

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Kicking off the evening of free live music is the classic, alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs. Throughout their 30-year collaboration, 10,000 Maniacs have sold more than 9 million albums and helped define college rock. The powerhouse ensemble Rusted Root will cap off the Snow Daze celebration with a sweat-inducing and hypnotic live performance.

All Vail Snow Daze concerts are free of charge and will be held at Solaris in Vail Village. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the shows start at 5:30 p.m. each night. The schedule of activities for Vail Snow Daze will also include the return of the sponsor expo village and gear demos at the base of Gondola One, as well as apres and after-dark parties in the town of Vail.

For more information on Vail Snow Daze, including the full schedule of events, visit http://www.vail.com/snowdaze.